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Successful Aging and the Humility of Perspective

Christopher M. Callahan, MD; and Colleen A. McHorney, PhD
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From Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: Christopher M. Callahan, MD, Indiana University Center for Aging Research, 1050 Wishard Boulevard, RG6, Indianapolis, IN 46202; e-mail, ccallaha@iupui.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Callahan and McHorney: Indiana University Center for Aging Research, 1050 Wishard Boulevard, RG6, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(5_Part_2):389-390. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-139-5_Part_2-200309021-00001
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For anyone familiar with Indiana only from a distance, Turkey Run State Park is an anomaly. In a state equated with flat rural farmland, a visitor does not expect to find an old growth forest and sandstone gorges embedded with prehistoric sea creatures. Yet, when one takes the perspective of geologic time and glacial forces, the incongruous topography makes more sense. A few hundred million years ago, central Indiana was a rainforest at the mouth of an ancient river emptying into an ancient ocean. Time and experience can change our expectations and broaden our perspective. We invited 100 scientists to Turkey Run State Park for the Eighth Biennial Regenstrief Conference to enrich our perspective on successful aging.



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